Architecture and Building Technology
Have you ever thought about designing your own home and getting involved with its construction? Architecture and Building Technology is a two-year program of study that has been developed to build a solid foundation for study and professional exploration in the multi-faceted fields of Architectural Design and Building Construction. You will develop your design and presentation skills learning technical drawing and a variety of computer-aided design programs taught by the Valley’s best professional designers. Students will develop a portfolio of design projects that will serve as part of their application requirement for future architectural studies at the University of Massachusetts or the Boston Architectural College, and for professional career placement. This program is available in both daytime and evening formats.
- Estimated Length of Program: 2 years
- Credential Awarded: Associate in Science in Architecture and Building Technology
The first day I walked on campus, the advisors talked to me about what classes to take and what not to take. I almost felt like I knew them. I wasn’t alone when walking around campus. It was a great experience.Obed Otabil, Class of 2018, MassMutual Federal Credit Union, Springfield
The Architecture and Building Technology Degree is a two-year program of study that has been developed to build a solid foundation for continued study and professional exploration in the broad fields of architectural design and the construction related fields. It is a new degree program in the School of Engineering Technology. In the first year of the program, students develop basic graphic skills using free-hand drawing, technical drawing and computer aided design. Students become familiar with orthographic projection as well as three dimensional drawings and model building. Students develop architectural design skills by designing their own residential projects, demonstrating an understanding of building forms, passive solar energy and environmental concerns as well as estimating the cost of construction. In the second year of the program students will explore the architecture of public spaces, retail and commercial buildings and how the needs of the community are met through them. Students study in depth the role of International Building Codes and how codes will influence the design of a building. Construction materials and methods are explored in greater depth. Students continue to build their portfolio and develop their design skills through digital photography and a capstone course experience. The final presentation will pull together all of the students design and presentation skills with a final project that will be presented to their class and a visiting architectural design professional. The students portfolio will serve as part of the application requirement for placement in future architectural studies and career placement.
The Architecture and Building Technology Option curriculum is offered in both day and evening formats, allowing our working students the flexibility of taking classes which best fit their own personal schedule. This is especially attractive to incumbent workers who enroll in the program to advance their careers while they continue their current employment. Our faculty all have years of professional experience and can relate the academic experience to real-world challenges.
Upon successful completion of the requirements of the program, an Associate in Science in Architecture and Building Technology from STCC will be awarded.